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What To Wear To An Evening Wedding Reception


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Wedding season is in full swing! You’ve received your invites and the weddings are fast approaching which means you’re hunting for the perfect outfit to wear.

The dress code for an evening wedding can be anything from laid-back to formal. With unwritten rules set in place, navigating your way around what to wear can be confusing. We’ve put together the ultimate guide to help narrow down your options.

Tips For Evening Guests

  • Make sure you understand the dress code! – Spare no detail and avoid any awkward scenarios.
  • Avoid white at all costs – It’s her day, avoid anything with a white base. Let the bride stand out.
  • Don’t forget accessories. – Make the most of those statement earrings you have lying around and dust off your best clutch.
  • Wear what makes you feel comfortable – It’s a big event full of lots of people you could be meeting for the first time. You want to be comfortable and feel your best, so stick to styles you know you love.
  • Don’t be scared of a jumpsuit! – Who says you have to wear a dress? Make a statement and go with an all-in-one number. Opt for woven and thicker fabrics to achieve a more formal vibe.

Types of Evening Weddings

Casual Evening Wedding Attire

Take the casual term with a pinch of salt. Weddings generally carry a formal dress code with them even for those stated as casual. To help navigate this confusing dress code, we’ve picked out three outfits that work as a smart-casual base which you can tailor to the wedding.

Dresses For Evening Wedding

Green Floral Square Neck Midaxi Dress

Make an entrance in this green floral dress. Designed in a flattering square neck with short puff sleeves, the elasticated underbust cinches you in and defines your waistline and silhouette. The short sleeves are perfect for an evening wedding reception, especially when the temperature cools down.

The small ditsy floral print gives a casual appeal to this dress, ideal for smart-casual dress codes. Add sandals or heels to elevate your look as much as you like.

Pink Floral Bardot Maxi Dress

Effortlessly floor-sweeping, this bardot maxi dress is perfect for a summer evening wedding reception that you can take to all your summer plans beyond the big day. Designed with a flattering bardot neckline to show off your decolletage, it features a floaty, tiered smock hem.

Outfit For Wedding Evening Reception

Dresses not your thing? Don’t fret, we’ve got outfits for evening receptions too. Trust us, jeans are a big no for weddings no matter how casual it is…

These leopard print trousers are a smarter alternative that aren’t as formal as suit trousers but a bodysuit or blouse, heels and a clutch bag make them wedding-ready.

Formal Evening Wedding Attire

If you’ve been given a formal dress code for the evening, you want to stick to it! When it comes to weddings, you’d rather be a tad overdressed than too casual.

Formal Evening Dresses For Weddings

Yours London Black Floral Wrap Dress

You can’t go wrong with a wrap dress and this Yours London dress ticks all the wedding boxes. Boasting a statement floral print with a black base makes it evening appropriate and perfect for summer weddings.

The wrap front is super flattering for large busts with a belted tie fastening cinching you in. Show some leg with the split front, and just add your go-to heels and clutch bag to round off your look.

Yours London Teal Blue Knot Front Maxi Dress

If you’re lucky and the weather is warm enough for a sleeveless style, this maxi dress is perfect for the occasion. the slinky jersey fabric gives a luxurious touch, with the twist knot front nipping you in at the waist and showing off your cleavage. We’re obsessed with this teal blue colour, it’s giving us all the summer evening vibes.

Formal Wedding Evening Jumpsuit

Yours London Navy Bow Shoulder Jumpsuit

Jumpsuits are a great alternative to dresses to try something different. They still complete your outfit in one so you don’t need to do any outfit planning. It’s all in the legs with this style featuring a floaty wide leg fit and simple design up top. The sleeveless design is ideal to wear on warmer evenings but can easily be layered up too – what’s not to love!

Formal Outfit For Evening Reception

Yours London Orange Culottes

Channel all the summer vibes in these orange culottes exclusive to our Yours London range. Bringing a pop of colour to any outfit combo, they’re a great alternative to create a more formal version of ‘jeans and a nice top’. We love how the lace bodysuit and heels add an evening touch to your look.

Shop our Yours London range for occasionwear in UK sizes 14-40.

Evening Jackets For Weddings

It’s always the question you find asking, do I need to bring a jacket? We’d like to have full confidence in the summer seasons but we all know there can be cooler evenings on the cards.

If you’re taking a jacket ‘just in case’, we’ve picked out our go-to styles to add an extra layer to your look without taking the spotlight from your outfit.

Black Faux Leather Biker Jacket

Faux leather jackets offer a more casual appeal, easy to throw on over any dress or jumpsuit. The faux leather fabric brings a dressy appeal to a more casual style that evening guests can get away with.

Black Lined Blazer

For a more formal option, you can always rely on a blazer. Adding tailored touches to any look, opt for a simple design to let your outfit do all the talking.

With dress codes unscrambled and top tips made, you’re now wedding-ready. Shop our wedding outfits collection in UK sizes 14-40.

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